About three years ago in late summer, I let out a frustrated cry in my living room. Well, it’s always summer here in Los Angeles, it seems, but my brain hadn’t caught up: I was into month eight of recovering from major surgery.
Unable to work due to fatigue, this year had left me feeling like the epitome of a struggling, unseen, unheard, no-name, actress in Los Angeles. This was after training at one of the top drama schools in London, England and working consistently in projects at the starting to mid-level in nearly every genre there is: film, commercials, web, corporate, theater, musicals, voiceover, and even print work. I was ready to break into a higher level of demand on my abilities as an actress, but could not seem to make anything “fit,” try as I might. I had tried so hard prior to my illness that I had put myself into staggering debt, frantically playing the audition “numbers game” between temporary and part-time work.
With all that time off recovering from major illness, my agent had no choice but to remove me from their books theatrically. Without representation, an actor can become practically invisible. Especially a new actor who has no “big news” to share every minute, like booking a television show.
So I howled.
I was watching an entertainment news show at the time, and I remember complaining aloud, “Why do they always show the same five people? That’s why no one new can get a foot in. Why doesn’t somebody do something about that?”
And then, it struck me as clear as day: Why don’t I do something about it?
I could start my own platform to help other emerging talent to share their news and promote themselves. And from that, The Younge Hollywood Blast was born.
It started as an aggregate, social media newsletter on the Paper.li platform. Through my dedicated ( and sometimes obsessive ) curation, the newsletter has been nominated by the readers for the Shorty Awards all three years of it’s existence, and placed number one for the past two years running.
Fast forward to now, I have decided it’s time to branch out from my grateful beginnings in the news nursery at Paper.li to form my own fully independent news website. I am pleased to announce that the new website is in development and will be dedicated to expanding that original mission: to promote emerging talent worldwide.
Just to be clear, TYHB is not “the news.” This is a community-driven and interactive, with news articles written by the emerging and independent artist who is ready to represent themselves in their own words. By garnering some initial media publicity, an independent artist who shares their news at The Younge Hollywood Blast can help themselves get noticed, and gain bigger opportunities.
The best part about it? It’s free.
That’s right. I know! The reason it is free is to allow ease of access to those who might not otherwise have the ability to participate. That is extremely important to me. All I ask in return is that you get social about not only yourself, but the other awesome contributors you are sure to stumble across here. That’s what makes a community thrive – constant and genuine support of the “other,” not just the self.
Yes, I am wearing Birkenstock sandals and a flower in my hair as I write this. Well, at least in my mind I am.
All jokes aside, it my sincerest hope that many independent and unheard of artists will find this outlet a great tool for self-promotion, publicity and connection to a wider artistic community of like-minded, motivated professionals.
Emerging artists are taking control – and you can be part of that.
Check back here frequently for updates as we design the brand new website for The Younge Hollywood Blast!
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